Hartwick To Host Vietnam War Veterans History Project

October 19, 2010

Hartwick College will host a presentation on the Vietnam War Veterans History Project by Amie Alden and John Ketwig at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall on the College campus. The presentation is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Their presentation is titled "Vietnam War Veterans Oral History Project." In the 1960s and early 1970s, hundreds of men left rural Livingston County in the heart of the Genesee Valley to serve their country. Before the end of the longest war in our nation's history, families and friends in almost every community received news that a loved one had been killed in action. In addition, dozens of soldiers returned home from combat seriously wounded-physically and emotionally. It is estimated that nearly 4,000 Vietnam-era veterans currently reside in the county. In 2004 Alden began a project to document the impact of the Vietnam War on Livingston County after realizing that virtually no research existed.

As Livingston County historian, Alden's responsibilities include managing a large archival and manuscript collection, overseeing the county's history research center, presenting public programs on local history, and research and writing. She authored The Sullivan Campaign of the Revolutionary War: The Impact on Livingston County 1779- 2004.

Ketwig's account of his experiences in Vietnam ...and a hard rain fell was originally published in 1985. Widely quoted, the book has attracted critical praise, and is a staple of many college and university courses on the war.

Ketwig has spoken at many of America's high schools, colleges, and universities. He is an outspoken adversary of American militarism, and passionately urges young people to become knowledgeable about political trends that may involve them in future combat situations. Ketwig is a member of Veterans For Peace and Vietnam Veterans of America, and actively involved in Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

The event is sponsored by the Hartwick College Department of History and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. For more information, contact Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn at 607-431-4883 or

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